The Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize

The Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize is a prize that celebrates the long history of women in philosophy. The prize is named in honour of the philosopher Elisabeth of Bohemia and is awarded to an internationally recognized philosopher for outstanding services to research on women in the history of philosophy. The Elisabeth von Bohemia Prize is the first prize awarded to acknowledge the history of women philosophers.

The prize is donated by Ulrike Detmers, professor for economy at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, and awarded in cooperation with Ruth Hagengruber, Director of the Center for the History of Women Philosophers and Scientists.

We started to award the Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize in 2018. Back then it was given to Prof. Dr. Lisa Shapiro for outstanding achievements in recognition of the work on the regional closely connected Princess.In 2019 Prof. Dr. Mary Ellen Waithe received the prize. She is the author of the ground-breaking book series “A History of Women Philosophers”, published from 1987 to 1995, from ancient to contemporary women philosophers. For this year’s prize the award committee has decided that the prize should be divided in two parts to match the theme of the IAPh 2021 “Defining the Future, Rethinking the Past”. One part went symbolically to the foremothers of the International Association of Women Philosophers (IAPH), first founded in 1976. The occasion was commemorated with a keynote on the early days of the IAPh by Herta Nagl-Dozekal and a workshop by Gabriele Gutzmann, one of the founding members of the IAPh. The second part is awarded to Mitieli Seixas da Silva, Professor of Philosophy, and member of the research group “Rede Brasileira de Mulheres Filósofas”.

Sarah Hutton and Sabrina Ebbersmeyer have contributed to the research on Elizabeth of Bohemia by publishing a book in our Springer Book Series. In addition they have been part of the committee for awarding the Elisabeth of Bohemia prize in previous years. The Book is on the historical context of Elizabeth of Bohemia. 

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